Clarifying a funny situation for our readers


Posted: Friday, January 04, 2008

Over the last three weeks, we have offered nine different cartoons in an effort to update our weekly comics page.

While we initially told you we have the opportunity to replace strips that are ending, changing artists or their direction, we'd like to explain exactly what that means.

One cartoon, "Tumbleweeds," officially ended its strip Dec. 29. "Mother Goose and Grimm," by Mike Peters, replaced it and started running Monday.

Two of the cartoons we want to replace are "B.C." and "Rubes." "B.C." is in its second generation of artists, and "Rubes" is losing interest with readers, according to our sources that provide the cartoons.

The comic "For Better or For Worse" is changing all together. Lynn Johnston announced this fall she will be recycling old strips and mixing them in with pieces of new material until eventually going completely into reruns.

We've had a few calls on "For Better or For Worse," most of them angry about her not completing the story line. We have not cheated you out of the cartoon. We will continue to print it until you, the readers, vote on what you want to see on the Clarion's comics page Monday through Friday.

Today is the last day the test strips will run. You have been exposed to "Bizarro," "The Lockhorns" and "Pardon My Planet" as replacements for "Rubes."

The two choices to replace "B.C." and "For Better or For Worse" include "Zits," "Baby Blues," "Mutts," "Between Friends," "Arctic Circle" and "Rhymes With Orange."

Of course, if you don't want them to change, we need to know that, too.

Voting is open through Wednesday. Votes will be accepted by e-mailing your picks to, mailing them to P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611 or dropping them off at the Clarion at 150 Trading Bay in Kenai.

Please take this opportunity to tell us what tickles your funny bone. To us, your readership is no laughing matter.

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